Simon Stålenhag is an artist based in the countryside outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Simon has been involved with a lot of different projects, ranging from films, commercials and book covers to art directing and concepting for video games. He’s also the second half of Pixeltruss (the other half being Tommy Salomonsson), who recently released the amazing 16-bit platformer Ripple Dot Zero.
William Trubridge is a freediver. He trained his body to dive without any professional diving gear. While concentrating on his breath and movement, he tumbles deeper and deeper into the ocean. Amazing to see the level of control Trubridge has over his body. He describes the sensation of freefalling underwater and how he uses different techniques.
Inside the complexity of the city, Maarten van Schaik looks for ‘black holes’ or ‘non-places’, where color, light, materials, lines and strange objects play together inside the frame of his camera. As he describes himself: “things and places that remain unnoticed in our hectic, everyday lives”. Car Nudes is a project that embodies the ‘non-places’ van Schaik sees. Smart reflections play a big role in these photographs.
Mugi Yamamoto’s diploma project is a compact inkjet printer, which is placed on top of a paper pile. When printing, “Stack” slowly moves downwards and swallows the pile until no paper is left. The paper disappears under the printer and exits on top, where it creates a new pile. Thanks to this new way of printing it is possible to remove the paper tray, the bulkiest element in common printers. This concept allows a very light appearance and avoids frequent reloading.
When you put an average hotel in a superb landscape, it looks great. When you put a stunning hotel in a superb landscape, wonderful things come together. The ION Hotel in Iceland is just wonderful. The views on the surroundings make everything in the hotel more epic. The large amount of windows help in the overall experience.
This is a house for young couple and their child, located in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture. Matsudo City has a background that has developed as a residential area on the outskirts of Tokyo from the 1960s. This house was planned rebuilding of the house, which was built at that time. I seemed to have been asked to build a house as a new symbol in this place by a young family with the hope of the future.
During running errands at a supermarket Karsten Wegener, Silke Baltruschat and Raik Holst discovered the face in a piece of packaged ham at the refrigerated counter. The shape of the ham, the arrangement of egg, cucumber, carrot and the packaging was perfect. Once you discover a face in a certain structure, you will recognize it again and again.
FKA twigs brings an unexpected and pleasantly surprising sound. The build up in rhythm can be called unusual as well. Jesse Kanda pulled off the visuals in a simple and hypnotizing fashion. It’s quite clear to understand that they are supported by The xx when you compare this to other artists on their Young Turks music label.
Giants Among Men is a project from the South African photographer Dillon Marsh. He documents various large man-made objects that are modelled on everyday subject matter around South Africa. The weird proportions make the objects look like they don’t belong in their environment.
Urban Lines is a project from Pavel Bendov, a NY based photgrapher who specializes in architecture. We can state that Bendov has a great eye for capturing quiet and minimalistic shots in busy cities. The compositions are well-thought-out. Architectural lines seem to play with each other in each picture.
Short film ‘Aspire’ visualizes how creatives influence each other. They can be considered nomads who are struggling to survive and settle their camps from time to time. A colourful project for Fashionclash Maastricht from creative agency Strictua. ‘Aspire’ was selected for the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.
Ken Hermann is a successful photographer from Copenhagen. Life in the cities as well as in the more abandon places is a big inspirational source to Hermann. The Crash Landed series follows an astronaut who has crashed to earth. A quiet setting reminds somewhat of a movieset. The lack of other life makes the viewer wonder; is this planet earth as we know it?